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Business Ideas

Are you looking for great business ideas? Are you looking to earn extra income on top of what you’re already doing? Are you tired of a dead-end low paying job? Maybe you’re just board with what you are doing right now and want to find something new and more exciting. If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then you are in the right spot.
You also might be asking this important question about starting a business. Is this a good time for a business start-up with the way the economy is right now? My answer to you is yes. I find that no matter what the economy is, good or bad it is a lot easier to start a business of your own than it is to try to find the right job. The trick is to finding an interesting, low-cost yet profitable business to start. Well, I have a good one for you to add to your list of business ideas.
How about starting a professional window cleaning business? Why? You will never run out of dirty windows, you will never run out of people who would love to pay you to do the work and the skill is not that difficult to learn.
This business is also great because you can generate immediate income as soon as you start. You will also be surprised at the small amount of money you will need to invest for the business start-up. Every day operating costs is minimal compared to the amount of money that you will put into your pocket. Most of the time, you will get paid at the completion of each job.
This could be just the ticket you’re looking for. The window cleaning business is never boring because there is plenty to learn about the industry as you go. You will constantly be meeting new people. You will find that every day is an adventure in itself. You will get to move from place to place, work indoors as well as outdoors.
Another advantage to owning your own window cleaning business is that you can do this full-time, part-time or just do it on the week-ends for that extra income. If you go full-time, you will actually become your own boss. You will be more in control of your own precious time by scheduling the amount of clients that you want. You decide the days you get off instead of the other way around. You will be able to take control of your own future instead of someone else telling you what your future will be.
Just remember that great business ideas start with a dream and then it is up to you to make that dream a reality. I would highly recommend doing further research on starting a business to cleaning windows.…

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Business Is Running, Now What?

Established giant corporations are the envy of many. They are run with efficiency we cannot even begin to imagine. Some have huge staffs comprised of all sorts of specialists who attend to the smallest issues to insulate both the owners and the management from what is seen as small matters. As a small business owner, you wear many hats and because of the early complexities of going solo, you are trying your hand at every facet of your operation, even in the areas where you are not necessarily competent. With few exceptions, the other parts of your operation are run on a need basis and as a result some things do not get the attention they deserve which in turn makes you feel as if you were playing catch up.
It is well accepted that success in business favors the swift – the ones able to create the most value much faster than the competition. As such, ambition, energy, industry, and perseverance, are indispensable requisites for success in any business. So far as I can tell, very few people achieve success in business accidentally. Those who do pursue a very deliberate plan, sometimes measurable, sometimes not. Therefore, in order to achieve success in business, it is first necessary to come to terms with your own definition of success. To avoid feeling as if you are going in circles, it is critical to identify those things in which you excel and apply yourself there while carefully, you delegate the other duties to persons best qualify to deliver.
Business success is a matter of application. It’s a matter of experience and skill and intelligence, and wonderfully enough, you can learn what you need to know to be successful. You must be willing to reinvent yourself now that you have chosen the solo route. In her book, the Power of Many, Meg Ryan of eBay fame says: “To run a successful organization in the Internet Age requires constant reinvention”.
Fear not, make a decision and please do not waste time over analyzing your decision as time is of essence; however, be firm in your decision-making process. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of Sony once said: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following others”. A marathon is won by hitting short consistent strides for the long haul. Celebrate small victories today and you will look like a genius tomorrow.…

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The Start Up Costs of Opening a Craft Store

Some craftspersons open retail stores to sell their work direct to the public. They may carry a selection of their own pieces or craftwork from several craft artists to help fill the shelves and displays. If you have thought of opening a craft store, this article will help you understand the costs involved and perhaps help you save some money.
The monthly expenses of your new store include (but are not limited to):
Business license. Most counties require that every business have a license. The fee varies but expect to pay around $100 a year. If you plan on opening a checking account for your business, most banks require the business license before opening a business account.
Signs. The cost of your signage will depend on the size of your store and local sign restrictions. Some tourist areas have limitations on how high or large a business sign can be.
Rental or lease deposits, first and last month rental payments at commercial rates. Renting a commercial retail space will not be cheap. Expect to pay at least $1,000 a month in low traffic areas and much much more in popular locations. When calculating your expenses, don’t forget to account for first and last month rental fees which are typically due up front.
Insurance against fire, theft and other loss. Full coverage insurance for your retail store may run you anywhere from $50 to $200 a month.
Telephone at business rates. A business phone listing gets you in the Yellow Pages. Business phone rates average around $60 to $70 a month.
Utilities. Some retail spaces may include your utilities in your rental fee. However, even if they aren’t, figure an electric and water bill of around $25 to $50 a month.
Advertising. There are many ways to get the word out about your store without spending a fortune. Do an online search for “guerrilla marketing examples” to learn ways to market your business with free and low-cost methods.
Merchant account for processing credit cards. Having the ability to accept credit cards can boost your sales by at least 40 percent; even more so in tourist areas where travelers use their credit cards instead of cash. A merchant account can run you anywhere from $30 to $75 a month, plus around 3.5 percent of every sale.
Employees. If you will need employees, count on paying the government 30 percent of what you pay per hour. If you hire someone at $9 per hour, you’ll pay another $3 an hour in social security and workman’s compensation.
Inventory. If you intend to open a gallery of handcrafted work, get your inventory on consignment. Consignment means that the artist retains ownership of their items but you display them in your store and only pay for the items after they sell. Consignment costs you nothing except the bookkeeping and many craftspeople prefer to get their work in the stores rather than have it sitting at home in a box.
Fixtures. New fixtures are expensive. Shop around before you buy. Sometimes you can find retail stores going out of business who are forced to sell everything for whatever they can get. Budget a couple of thousand dollars or more depending on the size of your display areas.
Office equipment and supplies. To handle transactions, you will need a cash register or personal computer set up to handle over the counter sales. Figure $1,000 and up depending on how many registers you will have. You can save some money here by having a cash drawer built into your sales counter and keep track of sales with a receipt book.
Promotional materials. You’ll need business cards, brochures, price sheets and hang tags; count on a few hundred dollars for all of these.
Travel and auto expenses. Depending on where your store is located, you’ll have some daily travel costs going back and forth. You’ll also incur the costs of going to the bank, the post office or UPS, picking up supplies and more. Add in at least $200 or more per month for gas and wear and tear on your vehicle.
Your salary, though you may want to hold off drawing a salary for a few months. If you have a spouse who can help with your other financial obligations, you are in a better position.
What’s the Bill?
If you handle most of what is mentioned above as frugally as possible, you can count on monthly costs of at least $2,500 to $3,000 a month; and that’s a very low-end operation. You’ll also have one time up front expenses of another $4,000 to $10,000 for fixtures, inventory, installations, rental deposits, equipment and promotional materials. Hopefully, you’ll have great products and be located in a high traffic area.
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Start Right, Start Smart, Start a Business Blog to Establish Credibility and Expertise

Starting a Business Blog is one of the most easiest things to do, what’s more it is the ideal way to build your business reputation and branding.
A blog is an essential tool in the Affiliate Marketers’ Tool Box. It is by far the best way to build lucrative online gateways to make money online.
Anyone can set up a blog, but it takes careful planning. Thought must be given to why you want to start a business blog, who will be your audience and how you plan to set up your blog?
You must provide an introduction and overview of what can be expected from your blog. Why should they read your blog? What can they expect if they decide to subscribe and follow your blog posts?
The more preparation and thought you put in before you start, the more successful it will be. Once the blog is built the main factor will be the amount of time you plan spending to update your blog.
You must be prepared to post fresh, new content at least three times a week. If you have set up a blog to generate leads there must be clear steps that will lead your reader to the subscription opt in on your blog.
Placing keyword rich articles will help readers to find your blog. Consider keywords that the reader would type into Google to get to your blog. Use the free keyword tool at Word Tracker to help you.
As long as your content meets their needs, addresses their concerns, improves their lives and answers their questions, you will always have visitors to your blog.
It is crucial to know what your competition is doing. Search for blogs on Google with the same keywords you are using on your blog. Find out who is blogging in your niche. What are they writing about?
It will take a bit of time and research, but it will be worth it in the long run, because it is important to stay at the top of all the new developments within your niche.
Starting a business blog could be just what your business needs to build an online presence. A blog combined with a website, an e zine or newsletter, database management and e-commerce system is everything you need to grow and run your business, worldwide online.…

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Starting a Home Based Business

While a regular business is usually operated from an office, outside of the home, a home based business, as the name suggests, is essentially operated from the comforts of one’s home.
Most home based businesses have certain features in common, like –
– They are run within the family and primarily by the family members, who retain major share in the business.
– Usually a small operation that is run by one or more persons
– The initial financial outlay is usually very low
For those of you who want to start a business working from the comforts of your home, all you have to do is find an idea that suits your interest, is cost effective, and is lucrative enough to bring in the cash.
Some of the advantages are:
– You’ll save money on setting up a home office by using a spare room in your home
– You’ll save yourself the hassles and expenses of traveling to and from work
– You don’t have to worry about money for lunch
– Great place for those who may be restricted in their movement due to physical disabilities
– For parents who have small children you can work around your children schedule.
A good thought out plan, with adequate research on market demands and proper execution is all that is needed to make a success of your business. In addition, you are your own boss and do not have to worry about corporate layoffs, employee downsizing and pampering the boss’s ego!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a walk in the park. Just like any business enterprise, your idea must be viable, well planned, researched, and executed in order to make it successful.
Consider the following:
Just like any business write a business plan. The great thing about a business plan is that it forces you to take a good look at your business idea. It forces you to think it though. In this plan you will have to prepare several fundamental components that will clearly let you know if the idea you’re thinking about is doable or not.
You will have to spend time thinking about what the operational costs, when will the business become profitable, who are your competitors, marketing, sales and how your idea is different from what is already available, etc.
After organizing your business plan take a trip and visit a SCORE center. This is an organization that is run by retired professionals who will look at your ideas and advised you accordingly. And the service is absolutely free.
While making plans for your start-up, spend some time educating yourself on the subject, read, read, and read some more. Take some courses on Entrepreneurship.
Finally, know the products and the services you’ll be offering inside out.
Then move forward with your action plan.

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Affiliate Marketing: A Guide to Successful Promotion of Products and Services

Affiliate marketing is a growing business over the internet these days because of the number of businesses vying to drive traffic to their sites and generate more sales. As we all know, website traffic is one of the deciding factors to a company’s success over the internet, be it in search engine rankings or customer following. This is why a lot of online companies these days are paying top money to affiliates who can drive traffic to their sites and generate sales for them. In most cases, commissions as high as 75% of a generated sale goes to the affiliate who is able to sell the product through his or her website or blog.
A lot of people are taking advantage of affiliate marketing because of the high income potential without money going out of their pockets for start-up expenses. This is more promising than the conventional methods of starting a business where you have to shell out a chunk of cash to open shop. What’s better is that affiliates can do business without leaving home and can make money even if they don’t go online on a particular day. If you want to be an affiliate marketer, here is a guide that can help you.
First off, think of a niche that has a need for certain products or services but is rarely tapped because of its size. Large companies don’t market to small niches as this may prove costly for them in terms of the number of customers actually buying the product.
Second, find a very good affiliate marketing program that is related to the niche you’ve chosen to market. You can search the internet for websites that offer lists of affiliate programs that cater to almost any niche. Make sure to compare each program to come up with the best rates with which you will be paid once you become successful in producing a sale.
After you’ve chosen the right affiliate program, create a website or a blog that will cater to content relating to the niche you are trying to market. Make sure that these are optimized so your readers and potential customers can easily find you.
Always provide fresh content for your readers and target niche. Affiliate marketing is only successful if you keep the contents fresh and informative so people can be encouraged to try out the product you are promoting. New posts and write-ups should be done on a regular basis to keep your target audience checking back for additional information.
It may also be a good idea to sign up for search engine and RSS directories and encourage your followers and customers to sign up for RSS feeds. This will keep them updated on whether there is new content available on your site or blog.
Of course, do not expect to earn from these programs overnight as this requires patience and a good network of affiliate sites that you can set up. For each niche that you want to target, create a separate website or blog to be able to keep track of your success. Affiliate marketing can work for you in many ways, but you have to put in the necessary effort as well.…

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Starting a Business With Pure Passion – A Guide For Success

Three years ago I was not a runner. I was somewhat athletic but I certainly was not a runner. Now, here I was, approaching mile 22 of my first full marathon and self doubt was starting to creep in. “What was thinking? The longest I had ever run during training was 20 miles. What made me think I could get to the finish?” Every ounce of my body was screaming in pain. The worst part was the pain was so much more than physical; it was total mental and physical exhaustion beyond anything I had ever felt before.
So what could I do now? I had visualized myself finishing this race everyday for at least 100 days. I had given up so much of my summer fun to train and push myself to complete this challenge. I had recruited the support of my friends and family. So what could I do now that my body was screaming NO? I let my vision guide me through the pain.
With my little sister running alongside me, pushing and encouraging me, there was only one answer; just get to Todd. You see Todd is my husband and he was waiting for me at mile 22 so that he could “bring me home”. In preparation for the marathon, I had asked various members of my friends and family to run alongside me during consecutive segments of the race so that I would always have someone to help pace me. It turns out, Todd and Sarah’s job was about much more than pacing. They were great support to help me through the toughest physical and mental challenge of my life.
Why did I choose to run a marathon? It is simple, the search for constant and never ending improvement. I have learned to always keep challenging myself and to make big goals that both excite me and scare me at the same time.
For me, becoming an entrepreneur and starting my own business in specialty medical sales was one of the biggest and scariest goals I had ever set.
I was a nurse. I had transitioned to medical sales after a few years and I found that I was pretty good at it. I had a strong work ethic and I related well to the people I was selling to. But, I was educated as a nurse. I really knew nothing about starting a business. The self talk and self doubt were very loud voices in my head.
These voices are built over time from past experiences. These voices are there to keep us in our comfort zone. I believe most people listen to their inner voices when they have a big idea. A person might see a beautiful house and think “boy, I would love to have a house like that”. And then in the next thought they would have cancels that idea, with a negative like “I could never afford that”.
Well that’s exactly what I did at first. I pushed the idea of having my own business away as quickly as it came to me. But something different must have happened this time. I started to have thoughts about owing my own business; I started to see myself enjoying the work I was doing. I imagined the freedom entrepreneurialism would bring me.
This idea started to expand and consume more of my thoughts. It’s like a seed was planted and I couldn’t stop its growth. I began to notice all the entrepreneurs around me and I engaged them in conversation about what it took to become a business owner. The excitement of the idea was overwhelming but it also scared the crap out of me.
I must have gone back and forth on the idea for 6 months. Todd and I discussed the pros and cons and we discussed the risk involved to our finances. For 6 months I could not get myself to take that final step towards commitment. However, I kept researching the subject, planning, talking to bankers, attorneys, and accounts. Still, the final step of commitment wasn’t there.
The turmoil of the back and forth was terrible. I felt stuck, like I wasn’t going anywhere. The doubt was like a virus trying to find a way to keep me in my comfort zone.
However, as much as that doubt was trying to keep me in my comfort zone, that vision of freedom as an entrepreneur was growing much stronger and more powerful. I could not stop thinking about it. And then it finally happened. One day, Todd and I were floating on the pool and a decision was made. We decided that we had to take the risk, mortgage everything we owned, to see where this would take us.
You see, I believe, once the mind is expanded by …